At the halfway stage of their epic journey through Vietnam, the group have reached Quang Tri Province, which saw the fiercest fighting in the Vietnam War.
The region lives with the legacy of that war, and unexploded bombs still maim local people. After stepping on a mine in 1996, Tu has a simple wooden leg which cost $30. Vicky tells him how her leg was amputated after the Alton Towers accident, and shows them her own prosthetic.
Afterwards Vicky says: “He’s got a leg held up with a belt. I’ve got this leg that was 70 grand and I still complain about it…” Later the journey allows the 4×4 drivers to discuss relationships and internet dating, as Vicky and Mary reveal they have both received unwanted attention.
At the Linh Ung Monastery near Da Nang they help volunteers deliver meals to a local orphanage. But for Louise Halvey, who has progressive hearing loss, the pressure of socialising in a hearing group is taking its toll. Steve Brown is also struggling. At the beach, while many of the group head for the water, he’s left frustrated. “I don’t like being on the beach… I want my sunglasses, I would like to get changed, every single thing I need someone to pass to me.”
Finally, the full moon lantern festival at Hoi An is the perfect place for reflection. Steve sums up: “If it wasn’t for the people that I’m with, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I’ve done.”
Mary: “I’ve achieved something in my life, seen it through to end.”
And Vicky: ‘I’ve been wrapped in cotton wool since the accident… so it’s nice to be able to do something on my own, and be the independent person I am.”
Without Limits: Vietnam is produced by Unscripted Productions and BBC Studios Bristol for BBC One
Pictured are Vicky Balch, Mary Russell, Steve Brown, Andy Slade, Charlie Lewis, and Louise Halvey
Without Limits: Vietnam Episode 2 (of 2) airs Thursday 21 September 2017 from 8.00pm-9.00pm on BBC One.